METRO – Carlton Cole equalises for West Ham against Chelsea

Carlton Cole scored a headed equaliser for West Ham to make the score 1-1 after Juan Mata had given Chelsea a first half lead. Carlton Cole equalised for West Ham (Picture: Getty) Mata finished superbly after Victor Moses fed the ball through to Torres on the right and the striker then cut the ball back to him.The little Spaniard missed a great chance to double the lead for the Blues in the 40th minute after good work from Moses on the left. The former Wigan player turned on the ball fooling two West Ham defenders but the Spanish midfielder was unable to finish the cut-back. Peter Cech threatened to ruin a good first period for the visitors when he handled the ball outside the area on the stroke of half-time. The Blues stopper escaped with only a yellow card.He also managed to redeem himself after he saved a header, which had resulted from the free-kick he had given away. Juan Mata celebrates after scoring his Chelsea’s goal against West Ham (Picture: Reuters) Chelsea interim coach Rafa Benitez had dropped another of his creative players for the second game in a row after opting to start with Victor Moses alongside Juan Mata and Eden Hazard instead of Oscar at West Ham.Benitez was criticised after he left Mata out of the team that drew 0-0 with Fulham in midweek but he is unlikely to receive the same level of disapproval for dropping the Brazilian, who is seen as less influential.The Spanish manager is already under pressure following consecutive goalless draws at home against Manchester City and the Cottagers, but has decided to stick with an otherwise familiar line-up. John Obi Mikel returned in place of Oriel Romeu and Gary Cahill deputised for the suspended David Luiz in the two other changes to his team.West Ham were without on-loan striker Andy Carroll, with the Liverpool man facing a lengthy six- to eight-week spell on the sidelines through injury.In his absence, former Chelsea striker Carlton Cole lead the line for the Hammers. PICTURES: West Ham United v Chelsea